Prepare for the Relay Race. Check out your choices for Packet Pickup. Team Documents including the Race Guide, Rules and Race Brief. Relay Training Plans for Beginners and Advanced Runners. A M2M Relay Team Contests Overview. FAQS about How the Race Works. Then essential planning things like renting hotels & vehicles.

Packet Pickup

The Skinny

Your team’s packet will be available at the location you request when you register online. Only the captain or one team representative needs to attend packet pickup. If you can’t make it to advanced packet pick-up, be sure to add extra arrival time to pickup your packet on race day.

Advanced Pickup

Friday, May 8, 2020

Des Moines | 11 AM – 6 PM

Animal Rescue League of Iowa
5452 N.E. 22nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50313

Jefferson | 4 PM – 8 PM

Greene County Courthouse | Town Square
114 North Chestnut Street
Jefferson, IA 50129

Race Day Pickup

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Jefferson  | Start Line | 5 AM – 9:30 AM

Greene County Courthouse | Town Square
114 North Chestnut Street
Jefferson, IA 50129

Team Documents

2019 Race Day Guide

Your team will receive 8 printed copies of the Race Day Guide at Packet Pickup.


Rule Book

This is the mother lode. From the essential to the obscure, the Rule Book contains everything you need to know about the Market to Market Relay. All teams are to download a copy for their team vehicle.



Race Brief

This is your an at-a-glance overview of the most important information in preparing for race day. Of course, the Race Guide and Rule Book reign supreme, but this is a great primer for all teammates to look over race week.



Training Plans

Pick the plan best for you, and share with your teammates!


Get your creative juices flowing and go for the glory of winning one of the team contests. Go epic with your costumes, trick out your team vehicle and then pull it all together with a catchy team name. Be the team that everyone remembers!

Best Team Costume Contest

The key to victory is wearing your costume all day long. The more elaborate and ridiculous the better! You must get your team photo taken at the start line to enter. See race guide for full rules.

Best Decorated Vehicle

To win, you’ll want your vehicle to stand out in a crowd. Pro tip: Theme your vehicle with your costumes for an unstoppable combination! NEW FOR 2019: A random volunteer group will get to pick the winners!

Best Team Name

It’s up to your peers. The wackier and more creative, the better!

Contest voting is done via the rules outlined in the Race Day Guide. The team with the most votes wins. Winners get a prize pack and an automatic invitation into next year’s race.



How it Works

The Market to Market® Relay Iowa is a team running relay from Jefferson to Des Moines, covering 75 miles over 17 stages on a scenic and varied course. Join 6, 7, or 8 of your closest pals, hop in a van, run, rest and repeat. The course follows the Raccoon River Valley Trail System, paved streets, and gravel back roads through a diverse and scenic slice of west central Iowa. Combine the running with outrageous costumes, memorable van rides, and a lively Post-Race Shindig & Expo in downtown Des Moines and it all adds up to 1 unforgettable day.


Team Size

Choose to run with a 6, 7 or 8-person team.



Each runner completes 2-3 legs of varying difficulty. Most legs range from 3 to 6 miles, so most runners average between 9 to 15 total miles for the day. You got this!



All teams are allowed 1 vehicle per team. Most teams go with a van, mini-van or SUV. Get creative and win the Best Decorated Vehicle contest!



Team captains are super heroes in disguise! Captains register, assemble and manage their team, and make sure everyone gets all the essential race details. Be one!


Already Registered?

If your team is already registered, captains can manage their team and runners can join or edit their profile by logging into the Roster Tool.



Need More Info?

We’ve got you covered. All the race info you could ever want is available in the Team Documents.


Travel Info

Where to Stay | Jefferson, Iowa

Stay Friday night at the start line town of Jefferson, Iowa. This charming village in central Iowa has a good selection of restaurants and places to stay. You won’t regret the decision to stay the night in Jefferson. Maximize your sleep and avoid the worry of making it to the start line on time. The town is looking forward to hosting you and your teammates.


Jefferson Hotels

Super 8 Jefferson | 515-386-2464
Cobblestone Hotel & Suites | 515-386-3535
Redwood Motel | 515-386-3116

Near Jefferson Hotels

The Port on Lake Panorama | 641-755-4240 | 22 Miles from Start Line
Lake Panorama National Inn & Townhomes | 800-879-1917 | 22 Miles from Start Line
Farmhouse Life Cabin | 515-229-6988 | 16 Miles from Start Line

Vehicle Info

There are a limited number of vans available for rent in the Omaha and Lincoln area. We recommend securing your vehicle as soon as possible. Do not assume that a rental will be available. Consider all options when looking for a team vehicle including renting, borrowing, purchasing or searching out of state. Teams with 7 total runners will have the easiest time securing a team vehicle.

Vehicle Rules

  • Regular teams may only have one vehicle
  • Teams with a faster than 20 minute average 5k time will qualify for 2 vehicles
  • Team vehicles must be less than seven feet in width and less than 20 feet in length
  • Large vans, mini-vans and SUV’s are allowed
  • No RVs, mini-buses, trailers or limos are allowed
  • All passengers must have access to a safety belt

Renting in Des Moines

Avis Vehicle Rental

5800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
(515) 256-5623

Advantage Rent A Car

5800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
(515) 256-5840

Budget Vehicle Rental

1901 Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA
(515) 287-6014

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

5800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
(515) 256-5665

Gabus Ford

4545 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 270-0707

Hertz Vehicle Rental

4224 Merle Hay Drive, Des Moines, IA
(515) 270-3828

National Vehicle Rental

5800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
(515) 256-5353

Thrifty Vehicle Rental

5800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
(800) 847-4389